Film Production | Four year BA (Hons)

UCA Farnham - 2021

Length of study:

Four years (Year 0 + three-year degree) full-time


UCA Farnham

Entry requirements:

64 UCAS tariff points

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Course entry options:

September 2021

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Course overview

If you want to work on major movies and TV shows then our BA (Hons) Film Production course at UCA Farnham will you the tools, knowledge and confidence you need to forge an exciting career behind the camera.

Graduates have gone on to work on the Harry Potter and Mission Impossible series', as well as prestigious TV shows like Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan and Disney+ series Loki.

Our course is predominantly practice-based – we believe in learning through doing. Along the way, you’ll get the chance to have your coursework screened at national and international competitions and festivals before graduating with the strong portfolio of work, sought-after specialist skills and practical filmmaking experience that employers really want. 

This four-year option gives you the chance to work alongside Photography students as you learn moving and still image skills, as well as the fundamentals of editing, before going on to your in-depth three-year study.

Right from the outset, you’ll be part of a close-knit creative team, making films on digital and 16mm cameras just as you will in the film industry. You'll learn about the business of film, explore the production process from beginning to end and develop networking and communication skills that will set you up for your career.

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Course details

  • Year 0

    Year 0 is a preparatory year which provides you with a focused introduction to your chosen area of study and upon successful completion, it'll secure your place on the three year degree without further application or interview.

    In the initial year of the four-year option you’ll work alongside photography students, learning how to frame images and tell stories using lens-based media.

    The Poetics of Space
    We'll introduce you to practices and procedures for exploring the relationship of sound to image in time-based productions. The thematic content will be the exploration of ideas about place and space.

    Personal Research Project
    You'll have the opportunity to explore your own personal creativity by looking at development work by a range of artists, photographers, and filmmakers. The emphasis will be on your personal exploration of ideas and sources of inspiration, which can result in a 90-second moving image project and a series of still images (which could include text).

    Practices of Looking
    This unit is designed to provide you with grounding in the conventions of academic writing and discourse in film and media studies. Through the examination of codes and conventions of reading images in contemporary culture, you will be introduced to a range of theoretical models and debates.

    Storytelling and Staging
    You'll be encouraged to analyse texts and create your own stories, through an exploration of different forms of storytelling. You'll also be introduced to ideas of narrative and paintings and work on the staging of a story.

  • Year 1

    During this year, you’ll be introduced to the world of moving image, exploring practical, theoretical and ethical issues associated with the representation of people or places using visual and sonic media.

    You’ll explore screen storytelling, understanding how filmmakers tell their stories and producing factual and fiction films.

    This unit allows you to explore the practical, theoretical and ethical problems associated with the representation of people or places using digital media. Working in groups, you'll undertake research leading to the production of a short film which presents a portrait of an individual, a group/organisation or a place. Working as an individual, you'll undertake research leading to the production of a digital online photographic portfolio which represents a portrait of an individual or a place.

    Stories for the Screen
    You'll explore the practice of screen storytelling focusing particularly on the role of the screenwriter. It addresses the fundamental question: how do we, as filmmakers, go about telling our stories on screen? At the core of this unit are writing workshops, through which you will gain a foundation in the skills needed to work with screenplays effectively, whatever role you seek to perform in the filmmaking process. You'll also be challenged to make a short film, rotating roles within a production group in order to further explore the translation of a script to screen.

    Screen Craft 1
    This unit will familiarise you with a basic knowledge and understanding of production and postproduction practices and develop your understanding of the function and structure of film narrative. Working within a group, you'll be involved in creating an imaginative non–sync narrative film. You'll see the project through an entire production process, beginning with the development of story and script, creating characters through writing and working with actors, and creating an appropriate story world through camera, production design and sound.

    Screen Studies 1
    You'll be introduced you to a range of fundamental concepts essential to the understanding of international moving image history and theory. Through exploration of a range of narrative and non-narrative moving image forms from around the world you will gain a historical overview of their development. You will also be introduced to some of the key theoretical approaches used in analysing moving image texts that also takes into consideration their specific contexts of production and consumption.

  • Year 2

    During this year you will be able to choose a pathway onto one of seven key roles - screenwriting, producing, directing, cinematography, editing, sound or production design – which you’ll be encouraged to develop throughout the production of a short fiction film. You’ll also develop your knowledge of film history, and initiate and work on a factual film project.

    Production Roles
    You'll consider the different roles on a film production and choose one to explore in more depth through a series of workshops and small project work. The key areas for you to choose from may include screenwriting, producing, directing, cinematography, editing, sound, production design and visual effects.

    Short Film Production
    In this unit you will have the opportunity to take on responsibility for a crew role in the production of a short fiction film to a given brief. You will be required to take on a crew role whilst making a fiction production and develop your technical skills in this area.

    Creative Documentary
    You'll examine storytelling within the documentary form, which will encourage you to undertake a documentary journey that reveals unexpected realities. Through collaborative working, you'll gain confidence in understanding the stories and kinds of storytelling that are appropriate to documentary filmmaking.

    Screen Studies 2
    Providing a cultural, critical, theoretical and historical overview of the ways in which selected filmmakers from a variety of international contexts have responded to real-life events. A selection of fiction and non-fiction moving image texts that take real-life events as their starting points will be explored and a range of relevant theoretical and interpretative approaches will be employed to analyse their production and consumption.

    Study Abroad (optional)
    This optional unit will allow you to spend a period of time in an overseas educational institution.

  • Year 3

    The final year is a combination of work on your graduate film portfolio and self-directed work on an individual Extended Research Project.

    You’ll complete your studies with support and guidance through your development of a professional profile and positioning yourself in the wider film and television community.

    Filmmaking Portfolio
    You'll develop your knowledge and technical skills in film production to a level that will enable you to work creatively and professionally at the end of your course. The unit offers you an opportunity to define your intended area of film practice. This is a portfolio unit in which you will work on more than one project and through negotiation with your teaching staff, you will balance two or more roles in order to fulfil the weight of production work required.

    Extended Research Project
    Emphasising the personal development of critical writing in consultation with teaching staff, this unit aims to offer a supportive opportunity for the research and completion of an independently generated and illustrated Extended Research Project.

    This final unit is designed to encourage you to reflect on your learning throughout the course. In preparing for the world beyond university you’ll need to polish your CV and your online presence as well as to develop your confidence in presenting yourself both online and in person. You'll also prepare your previous project work for presentation at screenings and festivals by developing a festival strategy and all associated promotional materials.

  • Study abroad

    This course offers the opportunity to study abroad for part of your Year 2. To find out more about studying abroad as part of your course please see the Study Abroad section:

  • Fees and additional course costs

    Tuition fees
    The course fees per year for 2021 entry are:

    • UK students - £9,250 
    • EU students - £9,250 (see fee discount information)
    • International students - £16,950 (standard fee)
    • International students - £16,270 (full early payment fee)

    Additional course costs
    In addition to the tuition fees please see the additional course costs for 2021 entry.

    Further information
    Find out more about our course fees and any financial support you may be entitled to:

    These fees are correct for the stated academic year only. Costs may increase each year during a student’s period of continued registration on course in line with inflation (subject to any maximum regulated tuition fee limit). Any adjustment for continuing students will be at or below the RPI-X forecast rate.


Facilities include two purpose-built film studios with dedicated technical support; sound editing, 7.1.2 surround sound mixing as well as digital and analogue editing suites. Software includes Avid Media Composer, Symphony, Baselight, Nitris and Pro Tools. Production kit also includes high end cameras, lighting and sound kit, which is available on campus from the Equipment Hire Department on site.

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Course connections

On this course, you'll be exposed to a world of opportunities

  • Industry links

    Our industry connections include:

    • Avid
    • Kodak
    • BKSTS
    • BECTU
    • NAHEM
    • Envy
    • The Royal Television Society
    • The Guild of Television Cameramen
    • Tangram Post Production
    • Warp Films
    • Working Title
    • BBC
    • Picture Productions
    • Paramount Pictures
    • ITN
    • Mainframe
    • Big Minded TV. 

    We've hosted a number of visiting lecturers, including:

    • Alex Garland, novelist, screenwriter, film producer and director with titles including The Beach, Ex Machina, Dredd, Sunshine and 28 Days Later
    • Barrie Vince, editor of Get Real, A Private Function and Moonlighting
    • Gustavo Costantini, Argentinian sound designer, musician and Professor of Sound Design at the University of Buenos Aires
    • Joe Martin and Danielle Clarke, director and producer of documentaries Win a Baby, Going Straight, Scientologists at War and Britain's Young Soldiers
    • Julie Noon/One World Media, Julie made Syria's Torture Machine, The TA and the Taliban, and Cooking in the Danger Zone
    • Philip Ilson, directs the London Short Film Festival
    • Sean Bobbitt, cinematographer of 12 Years a Slave (amongst many others).

    As well as coursework, our students are supported in external projects and have made professional level film work for organisations including:

    • Alive & Well
    • London Life
    • Royal Marsden Hospital
    • Sailability
    • The March Foundation
    • Who Needs Heroes.

    Our students have undertaken work experience on major blockbusters and award-winning features, including:

    • Lilting
    • The Favourite
    • Snow White and the Huntsman
    • Thor: The Dark World
    • Anna Karenina
    • Game of Thrones.
  • Careers

    Our graduates have worked in various roles on big budget productions, including:

    • James Bond
    • Black Sheep
    • Tom Clancy's Jack Ryan
    • Sex Education
    • Loki
    • Mission: Impossible
    • Rogue Nation
    • Star Wars: Episode VII
    • Thor: The Dark World
    • Fast & Furious 6
    • Anna Karenina 
    • Pride.

    A number of our graduates are working for range of high-profile organisations, such as:

    • The BBC
    • ITV
    • Channel 4
    • RSA Films
    • The Challenge Network
    • Roast Beef Productions
    • Art4noise
    • Channel 5
    • E4
    • Splice Media
    • Blindeye Films
    • Flex Film
    • Passion Pictures
    • Seventh Art Productions.

    The types of roles our graduates go on to achieve include:

    • Director
    • Editor
    • Producer
    • Production designer
    • Camera operator
    • Sound designer
    • Location manager
    • Location sound recordist
    • Independent film maker
    • Screen writer
    • Distributor
    • Exhibitor
    • DIT operator.
  • Further study

    You may also like to consider further study at postgraduate level.


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Due to visa requirements, this course is not available to students that require a Tier 4 (General) visa

If you have another category of visa please contact us: to find out if you are eligible to study.

If you're interested in joining Year 3 of this course, please contact our Admissions Team on +44 (0) 1252 892 960 or

When to apply:

We are still accepting applications for 2021 entry - get your application in now.
If applying directly to us, you can apply throughout the year but we recommend you apply as early as possible so you have time to arrange accommodation and visas.

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Entry requirements

UK entry requirements

The standard entry requirements* for this course are:

One of the following:

  • 64 new UCAS tariff points, see accepted qualifications
  • Pass at Foundation Diploma in Art & Design (Level 3 or 4)
  • Merit, Pass, Pass at BTEC Extended Diploma / BTEC National Extended Diploma
  • Pass at UAL Extended Diploma
  • 64 new UCAS tariff points from an accredited Access to Higher Education Diploma in appropriate subject
  • 24 points from the International Baccalaureate, see more information about IB entry requirements.

And four GCSE passes at grade A*-C and/or grade 4-9 including English (or Functional Skills English/Key Skills Communication Level 2).

Other relevant and equivalent Level 3 UK and international qualifications are considered on an individual basis, and we encourage students from diverse educational backgrounds to apply.

*We occasionally make offers which are lower than the standard entry criteria, to students who have faced difficulties that have affected their performance and who were expected to achieve higher results.

International and EU entry requirements

To view the equivalent entry requirements for your country please select it in the list below.

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Non-UK equivalent qualifications

English language requirements

Don't meet the international entry requirements or English language requirements?

You may be able to enter the course through the following entry courses:

Pre-sessional English courses in the UK or China

UCA International Foundation courses

The UCA International College

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